The Keys To Understanding The Book Of Daniel
Key Studies in Daniel - Series No. 4
1. The Seventieth Week
"And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Daniel 9:26,27).
Let us notice first that there are two princes mentioned in this prophecy of the Seventy Weeks. First, "Messiah the Prince" and second, "the prince that shall come." We have already seen that Messiah the Prince is Christ. The prince that shall come is not the same Messiah for it is "the people of the prince that shall come" who will destroy Jerusalem after messiah's death. Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman people, not by the Jewish people. The "prince that shall come" is some great leader arising out of the Revived Roman Empire.
This "prince that shall come" can be identified as the "little horn" of Daniel 7. He is also called the Wilful King of Daniel 11, the "man of sin" of 2 Thess. 2:3, the beast "out of the sea" of Rev. 13:1, the Antichrist who is Satan's false Christ.
First, let us notice that the 70th week is a period of seven years which lies prophetically between the rapture of the Church and the return of Christ in glory.
We have already seen that Christ Himself places "the abomination of desolation" of the 70th week prior to His return in power and glory. However, the time element of the rise of "the prince that shall come" or the Antichrist can be further defined in 2 Thess. 2:6-8, "And now ye know what withholdeth" (that which RESTRAINETH) "that he might be revealed in this time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let"(only there is ONE THAT RESTRAINETH now),"until He be taken out of the way" (Then The Lawless Wicked One)"be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness"(manifestation) "of His coming."
Here we have the fact that the true Church, the Body of Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, restrains the full scope of lawlessness and prevents the lawless one from being revealed. But when the Holy Spirit indwelling the Church as the "one that restraineth" is taken out of the way THEN shall the lawless one be revealed. The Church will be taken out of the way as set forth in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 when it is caught up to be with the Lord. It is then that the lawless one shall be revealed so that the 70th week will begin after the Rapture of the Church.
Second, the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy provides the chronological framework for the great events recorded in Revelation chapters 6-19.
The actual times mentioned in these chapters certainly refer to the same period of time. We have "a time, and times, and half a time" (Rev. 12:14); "forty and two months" (Rev. 11:2; 13:5); and "a thousand two hundred and threescore days" (Rev. 11:3; 12:6). These periods of time certainly refer to the one measure of time, exactly three and a half prophetic years of 360 days each.
Daniel's prophecy divides the 70th week into two halves so that this provides the framework for understanding the time elements in the Book of Revelation.
Furthermore, can we identify the entire seven year period? We can and our key is found in Rev. 11:2-3, "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles (nations): and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth."
The "forty and two months" of verse 2 is exactly half the seven year period and refers to the time when the Gentile nations shall "tread under foot" the holy city. This certainly refers to the last half of Daniel's 70th Week because it is in the middle of the 70th Week that the "prince that shall come" stops the Jewish sacrifices and persecutes the Jewish people (Daniel 9:27).
The other period, "the thousand two hundred and threescore days" of Rev. 11:3 refers to the first half of the 70th week. Here we have the two witnesses bringing their testimony during this period. They cannot be slain until the Antichrist comes to the height of his power when it is "given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them" (Rev. 11:7; 13:7).
Third, the Seventieth Week will begin with the making of a firm covenant between the coming prince and the Jewish people. Daniel 9:27, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.." He will pretend to be their friend. Perhaps he will promise them the land that they may rebuild their Temple which today contains a Mohammedan mosque and is the cause of much frustration among the Jews who are returning to their land.
Fourth, in the middle of the Seventieth Week, the prince (Antichrist) will break the covenant and "cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." This is the same period when the Antichrist will turn against the harlot ecumenical church as recorded in Revelation 17:16.
A further insight into this period is found in 2 Thess. 2:4 and Rev. 13:8 - 15 when the prince (Antichrist) will actually take his seat in the temple of God and demand worship. Notice 2 Thess. 2:3-4 "...the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." This is "the abomination of desolation" and some of the Jews will certainly refuse to bow down to this one. The two witnesses will preach against this covenant and will seal their testimony with their death.
Fifth, this introduces to us the period called "the abomination of desolation" for the Jewish people. This period begins in the middle of the last week and continues "even until the consummation" (unto the full end) (Dan. 9:27). It will therefore last for three and a half years. This is the exact time mentioned in Daniel 7:25 when the beast "shall wear out the saints of the most High." It is the same time mentioned in Rev. 13:5-7 when this beast shall "make war with the saints, and...overcome them." It is referred to in Rev. 11:2 when the holy city shall be trodden down by the Gentile nations.
Again, it corresponds exactly to the time as spoken of by our Lord in Matt. 24:15-21, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place...Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: ...for THEN shall be treat tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of thee world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." It is the same time referred to in Jeremiah 30:7 as the "time of Jacob's trouble."
Finally, the end of this Seventieth Week will bring to the Jewish people all the blessings promised in Daniel 9:24, "Seventy weeks are determined (decreed) upon they people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy" (most Holy place).
Yes, the Lord will look after His own people and His own city. The nation Israel must suffer greatly because of their rejections of their Messiah and King. But in that day the Lord shall appear and Israel shall be given the blessings that were promised her from the beginning of her history. Their cry in that day of Jacob's trouble will be the same as the Church's cry today: "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
2. Prayer and Understanding (Chapter 10)
The final three chapters of the Book of Daniel present one great theme. They contain the last great vision given to the aged prophet. Here is recorded the conflict between the angels of God and the opposing forces of Satan and his angels. It typifies the Great Tribulation when Satan and his hosts shall be cast down, to be bound a thousand years, and then cast into the lake of fire.
The key to Daniel Chapter 10 is found in verse 1, "he understood" and "had understanding of the vision."
The time element is given in the fact that this was "the third year of Cyrus." Cyrus began his reign in 536 B.C. so that it is now 533 B.C. or 70 years after Daniel was carried away captive into Babylon as a young man. Daniel is now about 90 years of age.
Verse 2 tells us that "Daniel was mourning three full weeks." In verse 3 he says, "I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth."
What caused Daniel to thus humble himself before the Lord? Why was his heart broken? The answer is found in 2 Chronicles 36:22-23: "In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia...he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom...saying...the Lord God of heaven...hath charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem...Who is there among you of all His people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up." But sad to say, only a handful of the Jews, perhaps 50,000, went up (Ezra 2:64-65). The greater number were content to remain in captivity away from the true worship of God.
Daniel mourned over the indifference of those who stayed in Babylon and the low spiritual state of those who returned.
One of the main problems of our day is the lukewarmness among believers over the spiritual state of the nation. The great majority of people today have no interest in worshipping God or recognizing Him in their lives. They are living in sin and face the judgment of God.
We, as believers, like the Jews of Daniel's day, are cold and careless toward the spiritual needs of mankind. We can week and be concerned for the physical needs of men and women, but hardly ever weep for those who are on the broad way that leads to Hell. You know as well as I do that the vast multitudes are outside the church and are not being reached inside the church. This is what Gospel Evangelism is all about. By means of the internet we can go where the people are. If only 10% are connected we will be able to reach millions with the Word of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest need of people today. How shall mankind be healed of its sin and selfishness? The atheist says, "Let him alone." The materialist says, "Acquisition him." The educator says, "Educate him." The religious leader says, "Church him." All of these methods have been tried and all have failed. Christ alone has the cure. Man needs a Divine power outside of himself to regenerate him. He needs God in Christ to redeem him, save him, and empower him to live pleasing to God. This is the message we send forth each day and I trust you will pray for God's blessing to be upon it.
At the end of Daniel's three weeks of mourning, God begins to reveal Himself through an angelic being. Let us read Chapter 10:5-6: "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."
While this angelic being came to encourage Daniel, verse 13 makes it clear that there is always a conflict between the angels and demons, "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia."
So while Daniel's prayer for the people was answered, there was the delay of three weeks, and Michael makes it clear in verses 13 and 14 that the reason for the delay was the opposition of "the prince of the kingdom of Persia."
There are two great forces operating in our world. The empires of earth are governed by satanic forces. Satan is the god of this age. He is also the prince of the power of the air. Over each kingdom there is an evil - ruling prince. Daniel was shown how great this conflict was. Not until Michael came to help were the evil forces thwarted and the prayers of Daniel answered.
This tells us that sometimes answers to our prayers are delayed because of satanic opposition. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12). It is only when the veil is lifted in such scenes as these that we realize what a warfare is going on between the angels of God and the demons of Satan.
The domain of Satan is in the heavens right above the earth and upon the earth as well. From above and through the evil angels he sill has hold on the kingdoms of earth. And so it was that over the kingdom of Persia a fallen angel (one who belongs to the "principalities and powers" mentioned in Ephesians 6) had charge. This demon withstood the messenger for three weeks. There was conflict in the air. The great archangel Michael then came to assist.
It is interesting to notice that this is the first time Michael is mentioned in the Bible. It is not, however, the first time he acted, for Jude 9 tells us that when Moses died, Michael was present and faced the devil. We find him mentioned generally in relation to the Jewish people. Daniel 12:1 says, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people."
Michael is able to help in the great struggle in the heavenlies and he came to make Daniel understand what was to befall his people in "the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days" (Dan. 10:14). This takes us into the final vision of the Great Tribulation and the Millennial Kingdom. It concerns itself with the Jewish people in the time of the end, or the last 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week.
Daniel was speechless. "And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength" (verse 16,16).
Now the prophet is able to speak. His first words are concerned with his own weakness, "I have retained no strength". Again he was touched. After his confession of weakness the second touch gave him the strength he so greatly needed. This teaches us that in order to serve our God we must know His divine touch. We must learn to get alone with God. Abraham was personally visited by the Lord after Lot separated from him (Gen. 13:14-18).
God gave him the promise of the land of Canaan. Jacob was left alone in Gen. 32:24 and there wrestled with him the Man from Glory. Moses was found on the backside of the desert alone with God. Ezekiel was alone with God by the river Chebar in Ezekiel 1:1-28. Paul was lone with God in Arabia where he received the message by revelation of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11-17).
Now Daniel is in the place to receive God's message. Chapter 10:19 tells us that he was "strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me." In verses 20 and 21 we find the angel revealing to Daniel that he is going forth against the prince of Persia; "And when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth." As the angel goes out against the prince of Persia, he will communicate to Daniel his message which is recorded in chapters 11 and 12.
3. Daniel Chapter 11
Daniel Chapter 11 contains one of the great visions of the book. It throws further light on Chapter 8, which deals, you remember, with events that take place from the time of Cyrus to those immediately preceding the setting up of the Millennial Kingdom. An outline of the chapter will help us to understand it more clearly. Please keep in mind that most of this prophecy has been fulfilled even though written by Daniel long before the events took place.
Daniel 11:1-2 gives the prophetic history of Persia.
Verses 3-20 foretell the history of Greece.
Verses 21-35 set forth the history of Israel and Israel's fierce foe.
Verses 36-45 forewarn the people of God of the last great monster and murderer, the Antichrist. He will be a king and the chief enemy of God's people in coming days. Verse 37 seems to indicate that the Antichrist will have no desire for women. Does this mean that the Antichrist will be gay, a homosexual? He will also invent a new order of religious worship under the False Prophet and will perform great charismatic miracles, deceiving the multitudes.
Here is history foretold by the prophet. Four kings were to arise in Persia and four kings have come and gone. This prophecy also predicts that not one of Alexander's family should succeed him. Palestine became the perpetual battlefield of rival powers and will be the battlefield of the last great war of history. Who but God could write down such detailed prophecies all of which have come true except one which is yet to be fulfilled?
Verses 1 and 2 tell us that there would first be three kings in Persia, and then a fourth who would be richer than them all. The fourth king was Xerxes who made a mad attack upon Greece.
In verses 3 and 4 we have the story of Alexander the Great of Greece, set forth. Alexander conquered the world. After his sudden death, his kingdom was divided toward the four winds of heaven. It was divided into four parts under four generals. It was clearly prophesied that his posterity (his sons) would not succeed him.
Then Daniel continues his prophecy concerning the leagues and conflicts between the kings of the South (Egypt) and the kings of the North (Syria). Palestine was to be the buffer state between the two. These historical events took place during the interval of 400 years between the close of the Old Testament and the opening of the New Testament. Following the breaking up of Babylon and the death of Belshazzar there were five political periods.
1. The Persian control of Palestine for about 100 years.
2. The Graeco - Macedonia rule under Alexander the Great who subjugated the Medo - Persian empire (B.C. 330).
3. The Time of the Maccabees and their futile struggles for national independence (167-141 B.C.).
4. The Wicked Rule of the Priests (141-63 B.C.).
5. The Conquests of the Romans (B.C. 63).
Because Daniel's prophecies of the long series of wars, strife, bloodshed, deceit, diplomacy and trickery in Chapter 11 have been so completely fulfilled in history, many Bible critics have argued that it must have been written after the events described had actually happened. Blind unbelief cannot behold the spiritual realities of God's Word. Prophecy is simply history written in advance and history is simply prophecy fulfilled.
Perhaps the key verse of chapter 11 is the 36th, "And the king shall do accordingly to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done."
Up to this verse the centre of attention has been upon two kings. Now our attention is drawn to three kings, - - the King of the north, the King of the south, and another king who is distinct from both. This other third king is none other than Antichrist, the self - styled king of the Jews who will head up Satan's blasphemous program during the Great Tribulation.
Notice that this king "shall do according to his will." He will be a self - willed dictator and will not be accountable to anyone. The Jews and the world as a whole have rejected the true Christ, the true King, who came to them in God's Name. They will receive Antichrist who will come in his own name (John 5:43). He will deceive the whole world, break his covenant with the Jews, and desolate their land, city, and temple. He is known as the "idol shepherd", the "man of the earth," the "man of sin", the "son of perdition", "the beast", "the Antichrist", the "prince that shall come" and the wilful king of Daniel 11. He will do all according to his own will, although he will be energized by the Devil.
This king "shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god...for he shall magnify himself above all" (Dan. 11:36-37). He is described in 2 Thess. 2:3-4 as "the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
He "shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done" (Dan. 11:36).
The indignation mentioned previously in chapter 8, refers to God's punishment of His people, Israel, because of their perpetual disobedience. It speaks of the Great Tribulation through which Israel and Judah will be pruned, purged, and purified. Such indignation began in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, was continued by Antiochus Epiphanes the Syrian, and later by Titus of Rome in A.D. 70, who murdered and wasted the people of God, scattering them all over the world. After the rapture of the Church (which is not seen in Daniel at all) the indignation will break out again with added fury and for seven years hell will be let loose on the earth according to Revelation 4 to 19. Toward the middle of the seven years Satan will be cast out of heaven to the earth (Rev. 12). Antichrist will then vent his full fury against Israel, until he is finally dealt with at the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
During these seven years of Gentile dominion, Antichrist shall truly prosper. He shall not regard the God of Seth, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Judah, nor shall he regard the Christ of the God of his fathers, nor regard any other god of the world, for he shall magnify himself.
We can see the stage being set today to deify man and to humanize God. The Devil sought to deify man in the Garden when he promised them, "Ye shall be as gods." Nimrod was the second to start a movement towards the exaltation of man and the defeat of God: "Let US build US...a tower...and let US make US a name.." (Gen 11:4). Pharaoh flouted God by saying, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice..." (Exod. 5:2). Nebuchadnezzar built his image to do away with God and to exalt man. Darius forbade prayer to God and tried to deify himself. The last great effort will be by Antichrist himself who will seek to displace God with his own image.
For seven long years Antichrist shall be the supreme ruler.
All opposition shall be dealt with and all rebels shall be punished or put to death. The King of the South shall push at him and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind (verse 40). Palestine shall be the centre of this awful struggle (verse 41). The Antichrist for a time shall be victorious (verse 42) with the wealth of the world at his disposal (verse 43). The continent of Africa, the sons of Ham, will support him, "The Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps" (verse 43). Tidings out of the East and out of the North shall trouble him for it is a time of trouble, indignation, wrath and tribulation (verse 44). Supported by all the power of Satan, Antichrist shall go forth to destroy (verse 44). He shall plant his palaces in the land of Palestine and as dictator over all, Antichrist will hold sway over business, commerce, politics, and religion.
"The glorious holy mountain" of verse 45 speaks of Palestine. "Between the seas" speaks of the land between the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea. Megiddo, the battlefield of the ages, is between the seas in the glorious holy mountain. Here Armageddon takes place when the hosts of Hell, led by Satan and Antichrist will finally gather according to Revelation 16:16.
What a battle it will be. It will look for a time as though the hosts of Antichrist will prevail. But then will come the Christ of glory, bringing victory and deliverance to the saints by smiting the forces of Satan and Antichrist, finally casting the defeated foes into the Lake of Fire.
4. Daniel Chapter 12
This chapter continues the theme of chapter eleven. The first words are, 'And at that time." What time? The time when the wilful king dominates the Jews and disrupts Jerusalem and the king of the North enters the glorious land.
This time of trouble and the deliverance of Israel is the subject of the first two verses: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book" (verse 1).
Chapter 12 is still speaking of "thy people", that is, Daniel's people, the Jews. A terrible time is coming upon them.
"And there shall be a time of trouble" (Daniel 12:1).
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be"(Matt. 24:21).
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape"(1 Thess. 5:3).
We can therefore see that this chapter brings before us again the Great Tribulation Period.
Let us now notice that in the midst of this terrible time Michael stands up and takes a leading part on behalf of the Jewish people. We have already seen in our study that this mighty angelic prince is to give special protection to Israel (Dan. 10:13,21). But behind this awful time of Jacob's trouble will be the expulsion from the heavenlies of Satan and his legions, brought about by the successful conquest of Michael and his angels. Hurled out of heaven, Satan will concentrate his wrath upon the godly remnant of Israel (Rev. 12:7-17).
It is at this time that the prophet is informed that deliverance will come for his people, the deliverance for which he so earnestly prayed in Daniel 9:3-19. Not all will be delivered, only those "that shall be found written in the book" (Dan. 12:1). These are of the believing remnant at the time of the end. For their sakes the days shall be shortened as set forth in Matthew 24:22, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake" (not the Church's) "those days shall be shortened." The great apostate body of Jews will be swept into judgment and will be cut off as set forth in Zechariah 13:8, "And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein."
Daniel 12:2,"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
This speaks of course, not of a physical resurrection, but of the national revival of Israel in that day. Now will come a national restoration, bringing together the house of Judah and Israel. The great mass of Jews who cast their belief in God and His Word to the winds and accepted the man of sin, Antichrist, will face everlasting contempt. The remnant will possess all things promised to them and become the heirs of the kingdom.
Daniel 12:3,"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." This refers to Jewish teachers (The 144,000) Rev. 7:4-8; who will witness in the time of the end to the great truths of the Bible and of the way of righteousness. They shall shine as the stars for ever. The unsealed book of Revelation 22:10 will become the key in their hand to unlock the sealed book of Daniel 12:4,9. The fruit of their labour can be seen in the multitudes out of every nation and tongue who come out of the Great Tribulation, having washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:9-17).
In the next verse Daniel is spoken to: "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased"(Dan. 12:4).
The book is sealed at that time, but in Revelation 22:10 John is told not to seal up the book for the time is at hand. Now we have the complete revelation of both the Old and New Testaments. The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is by the New revealed.
Notice the time element in Daniel 12. In verse 7 we have "...a time, times, and an half." This agrees with the time element of Daniel 7:25 when the little horn will be permitted to speak against the Most High. It is actually the 1,260 days, or the last half of the Seventieth Week.
Daniel 12:11 gives us an extra thirty days, or an extra month. From the cessation of the daily sacrifice and the erection of the abominable image until the end will be 1290 days.
In Daniel 12:12 we read of another time, "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." After the smashing of the Beast and the destruction of Antichrist it will take 75 days to clear away the debris before the millennial kingdom of Christ is set up.
Daniel 12:10 describes the normal state of society from Daniel's day until the revelation of Christ: "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."
Here are set two classes of people in our world today.
There are those who believe, whose sins have been washed white by the blood of the Lamb, whose desires are to live holy lives, to walk with God, and who understand the times in which we live. Then there are the multitudes of false professing Christians and those of other world religions, who go on without God and live sinful lives of rebellion and disobedience, whose minds are blinded by the god of this world to the spiritual realities of life. One small group - the True Christians - are a "Small Remnant", a "little flock", the "very few" of (Matthew 7:13-14). walks the narrow way that leads to Heaven. The other group - "The Many" - "A Great Multitude" - "The Majority" walks the broad way that leads downward to Hell.
In Daniel 12:11 we have the expression, "the abomination that maketh desolate." This is the climax of the closing words of the prophecy of Daniel and record for us the final end of the "times of the Gentiles", and the age of Gentile domination.
We have already seen in Daniel 3 that Nebuchadnezzar's image was a prophetical picture of the coming Great Tribulation and the abomination of desolation. All those who pledge allegiance to Antichrist will be given the mark of 666 in their hands and foreheads. This mark will identify them as having pledged allegiance to worship the abomination which will be set up in the Temple at Jerusalem.
Daniel 12:11 is the verse that our Lord quotes in Matthew 24:15 with reference to "the abomination of desolation". We have seen in chapter 9:27 that these things will take place in the middle of the seventieth week. Antichrist will turn his whole attention to the annihilation of God's people. He will declare himself to be God, demand worship, enter the temple dedicated to the God of the Hebrews, profane God's holy things, persecute God's holy people, and then shall be destroyed by Christ when He returns with His Saints to set up His glorious Millennial Kingdom.
How does it all end for Daniel? let us read the last verse of chapter 12, "But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
Daniel has entered into his rest, the rest promised to the saints of the Lord. This is the assurance that the revealing angel gives to Daniel - - rest and reward at the end of his journey.
For us, today, the end time is also near - - that is the rapture of the Church. We are promised rest and reward at the end of our journey. While we wait may we be faithful. May we walk in close fellowship with our Lord. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).
Let Us Pray Together --
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
This Is The End Of This Lesson Series.